Everyone. You may have noticed that we’ve been pretty quiet while we revamped the website. This was a major overhaul, but I think we’ve got a great new look to go along with a great new year. A shout out to the Maui WordPress group that helped us with some troubleshooting, and some dedicated behind the scenes work from our volunteers.
I’m excited about what’s ahead.
This was a happening year for us. We moved into our very own space last year around this time, and have been building momentum since then. We got a basic workshop and multi-purpose classroom set up/built out. Made it through our first year as a non-profit in the black, and got 3 small grants/sponsorships: Boeing, Kokua Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.
We got some great donations/equipment loans in terms of 3D-printers, a CNC milling machine, soldering irons, vinyl cutters and various odds and ends. We continued our Monthly public meetings and established classes and working groups. Got a few interns, and some nice featured Instructables by our members.
We instituted a paid membership structure to pay the bills. We’re all-volunteer, so 100% of your membership dues or donations go to basic operating expenses.
So what’s on tap for next year? We are going to press forward with creating a community of Makers. We are reaching out to the other Makerspaces across Hawaii to develop connections that help us share knowledge. We’ll also look at some ways to reach out into the community more and we’ll continue to tweak our events, classes and programs to match the interests and needs of our members.
One reason for revamping the website was to make it easier to communicate what we’re up to.
More later, so stop reading and Go MAKE something!
You can learn Arduino one of two ways:
- Come to the Arduino Special Interest Group on Thursdays, click here for more info, and do a self-paced study course over several weeks. We can provide you with all the items you need, coaching, patience and assistance with Adafruit’s online tutorial.
- Email us at email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you’re interested. We will set up a special, focused beginner-friendly session to get you on your way quickly.
What is an Arduino?
Arduinos are a low cost, easy to use family of microcontrollers. Want to learn about the basic use of Arduino computers?
Our CNC Special Interest Group will be meeting on 15 Dec (630-830pm) to continue discussions. Meeting will be at our makerspace, upstairs at 200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Wailuku, HI.
First time attendance is open to all. After that we request you become at least a Friend level member of Maui Makers.
We’ll discuss the new toys in the inventory, as well as some in the pipeline, along with the usual talk story.
CNC = Computer Numeric Control… basically a robot that makes things.
Lots of exciting happenings at the Makerspace in the last month.
We are trying out a new look to the website. Let us know what you think. If you like the old one, you can find it here.
As part of our Crafty Makers series, Rob Bartlett led an awesome 3-part introductory class on the Zen of Quilling. It’s a great way to make very complex and wonderful objects using very simple techniques.
3D Printing Special Interest Group completed some more of the prosthetic hands, and started an Intro to Fusion 360 self-paced study group.
We kicked off our Menehune Makers program for younger kids (K-12). Some of the kids are calling it the Robot Class. We haven’t built any robots yet, but will soon.
We continue to have awesome and interesting people drop into the space, and it’s the people who make the Makerspace.
In December, we’ll be focusing on CNC Machines.
Island Hobbies made a generous loan of a 3-axis CNC machine. The terms of the loan were that we take care of the machine and teach folks how to use the machine. We’ll need your help with getting this set up and running. It’s a nice machine that can mill wood, brass, aluminum and steel.
Other activities will continue as usual:
Looking for a cool way to box small presents this holiday season. It’s fun and easy to make colorful origami boxes.
Join us every Sunday from noon to 2 PM in the month of December (2015) to make these clever boxes.
Free to paid members, $5.00 for non-members.
Bring your own paper, or pay a $5.00 materials fee.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:00pm
This is our special program for children. Events will vary, but the primary focus will be on the Art of Tinkering, which encourages learning through exploration of ordinary objects and re-using them in interesting and creative ways. Check the Maui Makers Calendar for specifics. Events are suitable for 3 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian, who will be encouraged to explore with their child(ren).
Every Sunday 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.
Wanna use the tools in our workshop with sharp pointies? We just need to make sure you understand how to keep yourself and others safe.
We have a safety and basic use program that has you covered. Subject will be chosen by members attending and can either be the Basic shop orientation or any of the advanced tools.
Please RSVP on our MeetUp page so we know to expect you!
Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
The Arduino SIG meets to talk about arduinos and other small microcontrollers. Arduinos are a low cost, easy to use family of microcontrollers. We have been teaching classes on using them for several years. Now its time for the community to have its own Special Interest Group (SIG).
Come down and share your Arduino projects and ideas! Want to learn about the basic use of Arduino computers? We will be reorganizing an introductory class to a once-a-month schedule as interest demands. Want to learn more advanced techniques? Come down and talk story with fellow arduino users. Chances are there is someone who has already done something similar or is also interested in learning. Bring your project or project ideas. Come learn and share. If you don’t know Arduinos, you can find out basics and sign up for an introductory class.
First and Third Wednesday 4:30pm-6:30pm
3D Printing is a fantastic technology that lets you create parts at low cost form 3d-design files. Maui Makers has several 3D Printers in house (our own and on loan from members).
We are currently printing e-Nable hands for youth on Maui. These low cost prosthetics are a great way to understand the power of 3D printing. Come on down to the makerspace and help out!